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date: 08 March 2021

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There are few psychological treatments for nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) that meet the standards of empirically supported psychosocial interventions. Most studies have investigated the outcome of self-injurious behavior as a whole, whether or not suicidal intent was present. This chapter describes existing behavioral and cognitive treatments (i.e., dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy) that have empirical support for the treatment of NSSI in psychiatric populations, in which NSSI most commonly occurs, as well as in special populations (e.g., among those with autism and trichotillomania). Directions for future research also are discussed.

Keywords: treatment, non-suicidal self-injury, NSSI, behavioral and cognitive treatments, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy

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